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2012MNRAS.422.2620H - Mon. Not. R. Astron. Soc., 422, 2620-2631 (2012/May-3)

The ubiquity of the rms-flux relation in black hole X-ray binaries.


Abstract (from CDS):

We have investigated the short-term linear relation between the rms variability and the flux in 1961 observations of nine black hole X-ray binaries. The rms-flux relation for the 1-10 Hz range is ubiquitously observed in any observation with good variability signal-to-noise ratio (>3 per cent, 1-10 Hz fractional rms). This concurs with results from a previous study of Cygnus X-1, and extends detection of the rms-flux relation to a wider range of states. We find a strong dependence of the flux intercept of the rms-flux relation on source state; as the source transitions from the hard state into the hard intermediate state, the intercept becomes strongly positive. We find little evidence for flux dependence of the broad-band noise within the power spectra shape, excepting a small subset of observations from one object in an anomalous soft state. We speculate that the ubiquitous linear rms-flux relation in the broad-band noise of this sample, representing a range of different states and objects, indicates that its formation mechanism is an essential property of the luminous accretion flow around black holes.

Abstract Copyright: 2012 The Authors Monthly Notices of the Royal Astronomical Society2012 RAS

Journal keyword(s): X-rays: binaries - X-rays: general

Simbad objects: 12

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